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He’s 23, won £2.8m and is taking over for banned Oisin Murphy

OISIN MURPHY’s 14-month racing ban opened the door for another jockey to jump in his saddle.

But you can tell it will always happen to Cieren Fallon, son of legendary racer Kieren.

Fallon is taking over from Murphy after he was banned from racing for 14 months

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Fallon is taking over from Murphy after he was banned from racing for 14 monthsCredit: Reuters
Fallon is the son of legendary rider Kieren, a six-time Flat jockey champion

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Fallon is the son of legendary rider Kieren, a six-time Flat jockey champion
Fallon is cruising the track with a book of giant rides this summer - girlfriend I'll be by his side throughout

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Fallon is cruising the track with a book of giant rides this summer – girlfriend I’ll be by his side throughout

Racing championship Murphy can’t race again until next yearwhich means the giant Qatar Racing needs a new No. 1 race.

They have announced publicly that they will side with Murphy, but drafted to have Fallon, 23, as his replacement.

And, really, they couldn’t have been much better.

Fallon, who has been a Murphy trainee since August 2020, has won just £3m in Flats races over the past five seasons.

Last summer was especially a cracker.

Fallon, for whom the old man was a six-time horse racing champion, had his first Royal Ascot winner aboard an Oxted coached by Roger Teal in King’s Stand Stakes.

The win is worth £198,485 for ties and comes a year after his first Group 1 success on the same horse in the July Cup at Newmarket.

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Then there was success on the Chalk Stream Queen’s Horse, who took home £38,655 with a win at Ascot last September.

Favorite Moon was another winner, pocketing £37,350 at Haydock in July 2020.

Fallon has shown a fondness for big occasions like Murphy, and says he’s undaunted to take on the banned champion.

The driver told Sun Racing: “I’m happy, it’s a great opportunity to show what I can do and one of the things I need to do with both hands. It’s a great confidence. great.

PRESSURE UP

“I’ve ridden a lot of winners for them already but the pressure is on a little bit now, there’s a lot of nice horses to ride, that’s a big step.”

Fallon recently met with the Qatar team to discuss the new plans and Murphy said – who admitted to having fought with alcohol – loaned him his support money.

Fallon added: “Oisin has been with me from day one, he has done nothing but support me.

“But given what happened, he said that I was always welcome to stay at his house if I was hanging out at Andrew Balding’s or Ralph Beckett’s.

“He’s going to help me with any form, the kids are coming through – it shows he has a big heart and he wants to help me, just not in the way that some people might.”

Fallon, the two-time champion apprentice, also works for William Haggas but will not be leaving that role due to his promotion.

He said: “I will remain at Newmarket most mornings, Mr Haggas is still my boss and has been from the start.

“He agreed to me on this and saw it as a big opportunity for me.

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“This will also be a big year for the team. We already have Roaring Lion’s two-year-old Mise En Scene stallions.”

The new role may pose new demands on his time as he combines the two commitments.

It means vacations abroad, such as the luxury vacation in Dubai he enjoyed with girlfriend Em Tovey, could take a while.

But if there’s one thing Murphy shows, it’s the importance of having the right people around you.

Fallon Jr looks just like that, posing happily with Em and posting glowing pictures of himself as a kid, with his dad teaching him how to ride.

The apple certainly did not fall far from the tree.

The couple lives the high life - literally - with great vacations in Dubai

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The couple lives the high life – literally – with great vacations in Dubai
Fallon's career is going from strength to strength - can he one day rival his legendary father by being crowned chariot racing champion?

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Fallon’s career is going from strength to strength – can he one day rival his legendary father by being crowned chariot racing champion?Credit: PA

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